Zen and Now: On the Trail of Robert Pirsig and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Knopf - Richardson’s dogged reporting also gives new insight into the reclusive writer’s life, his unwanted celebrity, and the tragic, exploring Pirsig’s struggle with mental illness, brutal murder of Chris in 1979. Published to coincide with the fortieth anniversary of Pirsig’s original trip, Zen and Now is a stirring meditation on a classic work and a passionate inquiry into the lessons it continues to teach us in the complex and bewildering world we inhabit today.

Zen and now is a vivid chronicle of a journalist’s heartfelt and determined journey to reconnect with a beloved American classic. In 1968, made the cross-country motorcycle trip that would become the inspiration for Pirsig’s book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig and his eleven-year-old son, Chris, a powerful blend of personal narrative and philosophical investigation that has inspired generations.

Zen and Now: On the Trail of Robert Pirsig and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Among the millions of readers to fall under the book’s spell was Mark Richardson, who as a young man struggled to understand Pirsig’s provocative and elusive ideas. So he tuned up his old suzuki dirt bike and became a “Pirsig pilgrim, ” one of the legion of fans who retrace the Pirsigs’ route from Minneapolis to San Francisco.

Rereading the book decades later, now a journalist and a father of two, Richardson, was moved by its portrayal of Pirsig’s complex relationship with Chris and struck by the timelessness of its lessons. In following this itinerary over the lonely byways of the American West, Richardson revisits the people and places from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, pondering the meaning of Pirsig’s philosophy and the answers it may offer to the questions in his own life.





Guidebook to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

William Morrow Paperbacks - A combination of philosophical speculation and psychological tension, madness, eventually, the book is a complex story of relationships, and, values, enlightenment. Ron di santo and tom steele have spent years investigating the background and underlying symbolism of Pirsig’s work. Together, and with the approval of Robert Pirsig, they have written a fascinating reference/companion to the original.

Guidebook to zen and the art of Motorcycle Maintenance serves as a metaphorical backpack of supplies for the reader’s journey through the original work. An entire generation was profoundly affected by the story of the narrator, his son, Chris, and their month-long motorcycle odyssey from Minnesota to California.

Guidebook to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - With the background material, and perspectives the authors provide, insights, Guidebook to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is destined to become required reading for new fans of the book as well as those who have returned to it over the years. When robert pirsig’s zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was first published in 1974, it caused a literary sensation.





Lila: An Inquiry into Morals

Bantam - Describes a voyage down the hudson River undertaken by Phaedrus and a troubled companion, who provokes a philosophical crisis as the philosopher-narrator wrestles with essential questions of morality.





Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values

William Morrow - A narration of a summer motorcycle trip undertaken by a father and his son, the book becomes a personal and philosophical odyssey into fundamental questions of how to live. Acclaimed as one of the most exciting books in the history of American letters, this modern epic became an instant bestseller upon publication in 1974, transforming a generation and continuing to inspire millions.

William Morrow Company. This 25th anniversary quill edition features a new introduction by the author; important typographical changes; and a Reader's Guide that includes discussion topics, an interview with the author, and letters and documents detailing how this extraordinary book came to be. Resonant with the confusions of existence, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a touching and transcendent book of life.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values - The narrator's relationship with his son leads to a powerful self-reckoning; the craft of motorcycle maintenance leads to an austerely beautiful process for reconciling science, religion, and humanism.